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On thought and reflection


   Thought engenders thought. Place one idea upon paper, another 
   will follow it, and still another, until you have written a 
   page.  You cannot fathom your mind.  It is a well of thought 
   which has no bottom.  The more you draw from it, the more 
   clear and fruitful it will be.  If you neglect to think 
   yourself, and use other people's thoughts, giving them 
   utterance only, you will never know what you are capable of.  
   At first your ideas may come out in lumps, homely and 
   shapeless; but no matter; time and perseverence will arrange 
   and polish them.  Learn to think and you will learn to write; 
   the more you think, the better you will express your ideas.

                                             G. A. Sala




   All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of 
   times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over 
   again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.

                                                     Goethe




   All that a man does outwardly is but the expression and 
   completion of his inward thought.  To work effectively, he must 
   think clearly; to act nobly he must think nobly. Intellectual 
   force is a principal element of the soul's life, and should be 
   proposed by every man as the principal end of his being.

                                                   Channing




   Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without 
   learning is perilous. 
   
                                             Confucius




   Thoughts, even more than overt acts, reveal character. 

                                        W. S. Plumer




   The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts; 
   they are forever influencing the opinions and destinies of men.

                                                     Bovee




   A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write 
   down the thoughts of the moment.  Those that come unsought for 
   are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because 
   they seldom return. 

                                                       Bacon



   He that will not reflect is a ruined man. 

                                 Old proverb




   Knowledge is acquired by study and observation, but wisdom 
   cometh by opportunity of leisure; the ripest thought comes from 
   the mind which is not always on the stretch, but fed, at times, 
   by a wise passiveness. 

                                                     W. Mathews




   There is one art of which every man should be a master -- the 
   art of reflection.  If you are not a thinking man, to what 
   purpose are you a man at all? 
   
                                                 Coleridge




   Evil is wrought by want of thought as well as want of heart. 

                                                 Hood





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